ASME’s mission is to advance scholarship in Medical Education.  Many of our awards have supported individuals to achieve excellence in medical education but the organisation in which the individual is embedded can make a huge difference to their ability to achieve this excellence.  It is for this reason that we have developed the ASME Institutional Commitment to Scholarship Award.

This award is a non-monetary prize awarded to an institution that is an institutional member of ASME and that can provide evidence of their exceptional commitment to Advancing Scholarship in Medical Education. More details about what we believe constitutes excellence can be found in the ‘What are we looking for?’ section below.

Successful institutions will receive a glass award on a wooden plinth that can be proudly displayed in their institution.  In addition, the successful institution can state that they have been awarded ASME’s Institutional Commitment to Scholarship Award and can use ASME logos (in the ways that will be specified in the award letter sent to awardees).

The successful institutions will be allocated a presentation slot at an Annual Scholarship Meeting, where we invite them to share their good practice and how they have developed this within their institution.

ASME particularly welcomes applicants from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

A maximum of three awards will be made for 2024, with one in each of the following application categories:

  • Higher Education Institution e.g., school or college of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science etc.
  • Healthcare provider e.g., NHS Trust.
  • Other e.g., charity, royal college etc.

Applying institutions must be institutional members of ASME – you can find out more about this and check membership here. Where a group of institutions apply collaboratively, it is expected that at least one of the included institutions will be an institutional member of ASME.

The lead applicant can be any employee of the applying institution, although it is expected that a team of staff will develop the application collaboratively.

The application form must be given institutional sign off by a suitable representative (e.g. head of school) at the point of submission.

We are looking for institutions that have gone above and beyond in the field of educational scholarship.

An institution that has demonstrated genuine excellence in education scholarship will have:

  • Engaged with academic activity in the field of medical education (research, evaluation, innovation, practitioner inquiry).
  • Strived to translate medical education evidence into local policy and practice.
  • Disseminated their academic activity to a wider audience.
  • Cultivated an education environment that is inclusive and supportive for staff, students and trainees from a range of backgrounds.
  • Facilitated and nurtured professional development across the spectrum of their staff involved with education.

Worked to ensure that sustainability and social responsibility are a part of what they do.

Please ensure you have read the Awards FAQ page before submission as this may address any queries you have.

Applications must be made on the application form. Applicants should pre-prepare their application document by completing the official application form. The completed and saved document should be sent via email to: The email subject should be ‘ICSA 2024 Submission’ along with your institution’s name. (e.g. ‘ICSA 2024 Submission ASME’). You should also attach your referee statements to this email.

Download the form here

The deadline for applications is Thursday 14th March 2024 (23:59 hours GMT).

The application for the award should be a narrative, encompassing relevant quantitative or qualitative evidence of work and impact in advancing scholarship in medical education (for example, income to support scholarship, spend on scholarship, job plans, staff development activity, staff engagement, infrastructure, publications, conference presentations, outreach/dissemination activity, impact, quotes from key stakeholders). 

Your application must be supported by statements from two referees, who should be external to the applying organisation(s) and have knowledge of the work of the institution and the context.  Referees do not have to be members of ASME.

Referees should be individuals who are suitably positioned to comment on, and substantiate, the institution’s record of effectiveness in relation to scholarship.

Referees will be expected to comment directly on the content of the application and would therefore need to review the completed application form prior to writing their reference.  These references must be requested and collected by the applicant and submitted as part of their application.

Your final submission email should include three attachments: The completed application form and two reference documents.

The review process will be led by ASME’s Educator Development Committee (EDC), with ASME Board input as needed.

The assessors’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome, other than providing the applicant with the result and the assessors’ anonymised feedback.


  • NIHR Incubator for Clinical Education Research


  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Queen’s University, Belfast


  • Research Department of Medical Education at UCL Medical School
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHCT)
  • Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC)

Please click here to access a video of the event.

ASME Group Educator Development Committee
Scholarship Type Research, Practitioner Inquiry, Innovation, Evaluation
Intended Audience Institutional members of ASME
Nature of Award Non-monetary. Successful institutions allocated a presentation slot at an Annual Scholarship Meeting
Opens On 14th January 2025